Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth is a straight-talking, expose-the-details kind of book. Mika Brzezinski hides nothing of her struggle to get a raise while working for msnbc’s Morning Joe.
Not the awkward raised-voice conversation with her boss, the fact that her bank account was in the red at the end of most months or the fact that she was constantly fighting to be valued for her merit and not her appearance.
If you’re looking for a book that will give you some pointers on asking for a raise, this book has some good ones. Check out this post for a quick summary of the ‘dos and don’ts’.
However, it’s true value is in the personal struggles and successes of women like White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Carol Smith, Vice President, Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer at Harper’s Bazaar, writer and director Nora Ephron, and Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg.
These high-powered and altogether remarkable women humbly admit to being afraid to ask for as much as their male counterparts, worrying about being the office b*tch and taking less maternity time because they felt it would reflect poorly on their ability to do the job.
The advice and intimate stories this incredible group of women share are priceless—wrapped into one book, it’s like an older, wiser, sister sharing a lifetime of sage advice.
But it’s just that: advice. Getting what you’re worth, comes down to recognizing your own value, doing good work and taking action to ensure you’re valued in all areas of your life not just in the workplace.
Check out the book and let me know what you think.